Friday, February 4, 2011

Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup to Warm Your Tummies
















I'm just in disbelief over the crazy weather happening all over our country these last few weeks. I'm not one for talking about the obvious but this weather is defiantly not normal winter weather. Even here in Phoenix it has been insanely cold, freezing and I mean that literally, like in the SINGLE digits..... in Phoenix! None of us even owns a real coat. The kid's pull over fleece hoodies just aren't cutting it this week. The wind has been merciless and we Zonies just don't know what to do with ourselves. Picture a bunch of dazed and confused people pulling their cute, trendy, cropped, barely a sweater thingy tightly around their blingy tank tops as they make a run for the Starbucks door in their flip flops. Entertaining and sad at the same time. Confused I tell you, unnatural.  Yesterday, the Phoenix Open was even canceled! *gasp!


I know the weather is much more dramatic almost every where else, I just thought these pics of flowing water frozen with the Phoenix Desert backgrounds were pretty cool. Again, this just isn't normal here!





I can not begin to imagine how cold it is in the mid west and east coast! I have a sister in New Jersey and one in Wisconsin who are hating life right now. Friends are sending pictures of completely barren grocery store shelves and snow, more snow than you would think possible. This morning on the news people here in the Valley were sending in some crazy pictures of the fountains in their yards with the flowing water frozen in its tracks! That may not seem out of the ordinary for many of you, but here in The Valley of the Sun, it's pretty Twilight Zonie!


So I'm pretty sure that most people are into soup in a BIG way right now. I sure know we are.
This recipe came from my '1 Stock 100 Soups' Cook Book.  I altered it a bit, omitting the dumplings and sour cream and I added some potatoes, turnips and parsnips that I had to use and to make it heartier.



I hesitated making this soup thinking the kids wouldn't even touch it but to my utter amazement, each and every one of my 4 kids had seconds or third helpings! You just never know I tell you. Simmering the Sauerkraut made it much milder and even sweet some how.

This soup was a big hit in our home and will make your tummies warm and happy
 during this crazy Winter weather!


Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup





TIME   40 MINUTES   SERVES  6
You Will Need:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon smoked paprika (just use 2 tbsp of either one if you don't have both)
8 cups vegetable or chicken stock, home made is much better!
1 medium potato (leave the peel on for vitamins!)
1-2 small turnips
1 small parsnip (looks like a big, yellow carrot)
1- 14 oz can Sauerkraut or 2 cups from your deli counter
1 lb smoked pork sausages, cut into 1 inch slices (can also use Bratwurst)
Freshly cracked pepper to taste

Optional garnish: Dollop of light sour cream


Wash veggies thourougly. I leave the peels on for the vitamins. Chop potatoes, parsnips and turnips into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large ceramic cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Add the flour and 1 tablespoon of paprika. Using a spatula, stir constantly for 1-2 minutes, don't let burn. Remove pot from heat and add stock a little at a time while continuing to stir until fully incorporated and smooth.

Return the pot to burner and bring to medium-high heat. Add the sauerkraut, sausage, veggies and remaining paprika to the pot. Bring to a gentle boil while stirring. Lower heat, cover and let simmer 30 minutes until veggies are soft but still holding together.

Ladle into bowls and grind fresh peppercorns over top and add sour cream if you desire. Serve with crusty artisan bread and an ice cold Apricot Ale.



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11 comments:

  1. I love sauerkraut, but I only every used it on Reuben sandwiches. This sounds so good and easy. I'm putting this on the menu for next week, sister!

    I love your fountain pictures. I've often wondered what a frozen fountain would look like. They turn all the fountains off here in K.C. in the winter. So thanks for that, now I know and it's quite beautiful.

    I always enjoy your recipes. And if I didn't tell you already, I really love the new look of your blog. So cute!

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  2. Thanks so much! I was just wondering today where you've been! I've never had s.k. on anything other than Brawt's so this was really fun! You have told me, and I really appreciate it! Mwaahh!

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  3. Yeah the weather has been absolutely INSANE! I can't believe that those fountains froze! Crazy.

    I think that across the country we could all use a bowl of this soup. It sounds seriously warming and hearty.

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  4. Yes! We are having similar weather issues in Austin. It has been below freezing for the past three days, and the whole city shut down! We canceled school twice this week. I love cabbage, so I was thrilled to see this soup recipe. Thank you for sharing, my sweet friend. Let's pray for some warmth!

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  5. Wow, this sounds amazing to me, too! I would have thirds, for sure. Those pictures are stunning! I cannot believe that even Phoenix is frozen. Amazing!

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  6. It's bright and sunny in SF today. Way to global warming, way to go. Sun or ice crystals, I could definitely go for some of this soup :)

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  7. Cool, I was searching for a sauerkraut recipe and yours looks amazing!

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  8. Those pictures are amazing.

    Your soup looks delicious--love the sauerkraut in it. Thanks for sharing at Souper Sundays. ;-)

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  9. I live in NY not New Jersey.

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